Hasan Ali case: Apex court lashed ED, talks tough
New Delhi: The Supreme Court Monday said that one could not remain “calm and poised” after looking at the Enforcement Directorate’s (ED) second status report on money laundering activities of multi-billion tax evader Hasan Ali Khan.
The apex court bench of Justice B. Sudarshan Reddy and Justice S.S. Nijjar said: “When we look at the (status) report, it is very difficult to remain calm and poised as to what was happening in the country.”
“Let the people of this country know what is happening,” the bench added.
The court made this strong observation in the wake of the second status report the ED submitted to the court on its investigation into the money laundering activities of Pune-based stud farm owner Hasan Ali and others.
The status report was submitted to the court in a sealed cover.
At the outset of the hearing, Solicitor General Gopal Subramanium told the court that Hasan Ali had given a written statement to the ED that there was a danger to his life and that of his family.
Justice Reddy asked the solicitor general as to why a multi-disciplinary special investigating team, comprising officials from the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), Intelligence Bureau (IB), the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the ED should not be constituted by the court to investigate the case.